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HIST 405

Introduction to Latin American History

Course Description: This course is an introduction to Latin American History, which includes Caribbean and Atlantic histories and cultures, has three main areas. First we will examine the ancient history of indigenous peoples of the Americas through several themes: civilization, governance, culture, language, literature, music, art, and geography.  Second, this course will explore the conquest of indigenous peoples by the Spanish and the transformation of peoples and cultures. Third, this course will also survey the history of Latin America from the early nineteenth century to the present. This period includes the construction of polities based on national states and the evolution of capitalist economies. The course will focus on how social movements reflected and drove these major transformations. Areas of concern will include the social implications of economic development, changing ethnic, gender, and class relations in Latin America, and the diverse efforts of Latin Americans to construct stable and equitable political systems. The general approach of the course will be thematic with examples from the histories of Latin American countries, including, but not limited to, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, Chile, Peru, Guatemala, and Cuba. (3 Credits/S14)  

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HIST 201

World History to 1500

Course Description: This online course, World History I, is a comprehensive summary of human history from ancient times to the 1500s. The course presents important features of humanity events which has substantially affected human lives. World history includes the study of various forms of written records and additional information from other sources, including archaeology. While ancient history does not begin with written records, the course will emphasize the beginnings of this phenomenon.  This course will cover humanity's prehistory including such periods as the Paleolithic Era (Early Stone Age), the Neolithic Era (New Stone Age), and Agricultural Revolution (between 8000 and 5000 BCE) and how this system was evidenced independently and how it spread to neighboring regions. World history I emphasizes the impact of surplus food, the division of labor, the development of classes of people, and the rise of cities. In terms of representative civilizations, the course will examine what constitutes civilization and how these societies developed along waterways, including but not limited to: Mesopotamia (the "land between the Rivers" Euphrates and Tigris), the Nile River in Egypt, and the Indus River valley, and in China. The course progresses to include the history of the European Old world, Asiatic and African civilizations, and the early history of the Americas. Some of the themes covered include: invasion, governance, renaissance, enlightenment, industrial revolution, the rise and fall of empires, science and technology, and human inventions that changed the way people live and communicate.(3 Credits/S14)

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HIST 442

History of Science, Medicine and Technology

Course Description: This course will introduce students to the fundamental ideas and debates essential to the study of the History of Science, Medicine and Technology (HSMT). The course will examine both chronologically and thematically the background of HSMT in order to assist students in developing critical thinking skills about how his field significantly impacts and shapes world society. We expect students to understand the broad historical landscape of the HSMT by developing critical and analytical reading and writing skills. Students will learn how to use historical information to interpret data and to formulate their own argument about the HSMT. The course will review the attendant revolutions, including the Neolithic Revolution, Bronze and Iron Ages of ancient civilizations, and the Industrial and technological revolutions. The course will cover a number of topics in the HSMT including, but not limited to: life on earth, perceptions of life and biology; the Darwinian Revolution; the cultural and intellectual nature of technology, as well as technology transfers; the professionalization of fields and disciplines within the HSMT. Students will be introduced to historical issues encompassing research ethics, environmental, and safety issues. Students will gain an historical overview of the major challenges in advanced medicine and the broader concerns of uses of medicine in such areas as life enhancement and extension. The course will also analyze the history of computing, the “knowledge revolution” and the significance of gender, class and race in the HSMT. In the lectures and discussions students will have the opportunity to closely examine the changing historical context of HSMT. In doing so, they will be able to assess the social, cultural, historical and humanities frameworks of the HSMT. Ultimately, students will understand HSMT as a methodical process of change over time, impacting world cultures, and as a social catalyst for stimulating human reality and possibility. (3 Credits/S14)

Dr. Katherine Bankole-Medina,  Professor of History

HIST 442 /HIST 493

Citizenship and Freedom: The  Civil Rights Movement

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This course is taught by:

  • Taylor Branch (UB)

  • Jelani Favors (UB)

Katherine Bankole-Medina (CSU, Faculty Liaison)

Course Description: The short career of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. lasted only from 1954 until his assassination in 1968 at 39 years of age, but it marked a transformational period in U.S. history. The modern civil rights movement grew out of an invisible, persecuted minority to become a worldwide inspiration for freedom and equal citizenship.  Over subsequent decades, its collateral impact has spread broadly into social arrangements governing gender, age, disability, immigration, ethnicity, sexual orientation, economic opportunity, and human rights.  Challenges from the King Years still reverberate in contemporary politics.

African American History Collage

This class will explore the watershed civil rights era through personal stories of its conflicted characters, from sharecroppers to U.S. presidents, who produced a decade of historical landmarks: the 1956 Montgomery Bus Boycott, the 1960 Sit-ins, the 1961 Freedom Rides, the 1963 March on Washington, Mississippi Freedom Summer, the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the 1965 Voting Rights Act, the black power movement, Vietnam War protests, the Poor Peoples’ Campaign, and a rising conservative movement in politics. (3 Credits/S14)

Historians of electronic information technology will be able to develop and shape another branch of historical studies in general—the intersection of on-line historical research and historiography—and will have the opportunity to critique historical websites and databases for scholarly use. For students and scholars of history, perhaps this advance will mean less time researching and collecting information and data, and more time for studying, processing and immersion in the material.”—2001
— Katherine Bankole-Medina, "The Use of Electronic Information Technology in Historical Research on African Diaspora Studies and the Emigration to Liberia, 1827-1901," Liberian Studies Journal, XXVII, 1 (2001) 40-62.